Monday, December 16, 2013
Crisfield Computers Owner Writes In On Latest In Sign War In Crisfield
Our efforts to show this information were shot down at the city hall meeting. I was invited to the table to sit with the council, however the mayor made it clear, I was just suppose to sit, any time I asked to speak I was told no, now is not the time. I felt it was really disrespectful of them to not allow myself to speak. I also want to clear up a small issue, I have not criticized on the fact the ordinance was enforced. I have spoke to the fact that it was unevenly enforced, in the fact that my store, and myself were threatened with excessive fines, misdemeanor charges and jail time. The cities lawyer state on the record that those were not options Noah could use to penalize me.
It has come to my attention it is the mayors goal to help get the amendment through in the future months, however until then he is actively seeking to fine myself and also get me tied up in court, this is what one local business owner told me he was informed of when he went to the mayor to voice his opinion.
Our issue was that we felt an open sign should be exempt, the community and further stood behind us on the issue. People have continued to voice they want to support the issue, what we ask is that you call City Hall and speak to the council and mayor. They did not want to hear our complaint; I suggest calling Kim Lawson, who has shown interest in running for mayor in the upcoming election. Also Mike Atkins didn’t seem to clearly understand that there was support behind the issue. They can be reached at (410) 968-1333
Guys and gals, I did my best. I will continue to do what I can. Our business community can only thrive if laws in favor of business are heard. We are not here to have a dictatorship; we are here to have a council with voting power. If the council is not presented the issue at hand, they cannot make a good decision. A good decision does not have to be in my favor. I just was not allowed to even present my issue; they based their decision on media, assumptions and information from the Inspector who was not present.
Thanks for your support
- John W. Dize"